Digest of international stories for week Sep 10 - Sep 16 2016

Beirut: A day of intense airstrikes on and around the northern city of Aleppo kills at least 45 people, according to opposition activists.

Dhaka: At least 25 people die and over 70 injure, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a packaging factory in Bangladesh, in one of the worst industrial accidents in the country since 2013 when a building collapse claimed more than 1,100 lives.

Baghdad: Two bomb blasts outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group kills at least 13 people, security and medical officials says. 

Sunday London: Fifty-five people face arrest after an eight-hour-long armed protest in the West Midlands region of England where a gang of 20-30 sword-wielding men storms a Sikh temple, apparently opposing a mixed race marriage between a Sikh and a non-Sikh couple.

Dar Es Salaam: At least 16 people die and 253 injure in a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that strucks northwest Tanzania, local authorities says.

New York: Hundreds of family members and friends read out the names of the nearly 3,000 people, including Indians, who died in the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago in a solemn ceremony at a memorial built here on Ground Zero as the US commemorates the anniversary of the biggest terror attack on its soil.

Monday

Beirut: A US-Russian brokered cease-fire for Syria comes into effect at sunset, with monitoring groups and state media reporting clashes up until the final minutes, and the most powerful rebel groups having yet to commit to the truce.

London: India and the UK are "natural allies" and there is huge scope for collaboration between the two strategic partners in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan says.

London: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron, who quit after losing June 23 Brexit vote, resigns as an MP with immediate effect, saying it was "very difficult" to continue on the backbenches and he wants to avoid becoming a "diversion" for his successor Theresa May.

Tuesday

Karachi: At least two policemen are killed in a roadside blast in the troubled Balochistan province while 13 people injure in two separate suicide bombings during Eid prayers targeting minority Shias in Pakistan's relatively peaceful southern Sindh province.

PTI